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The Laundress Catches Her Breath

This powerful collection of poetry features a chain-smoking, working-class Italian American woman struggling to support herself and find meaningful work in a depressed mill town. She endures the indignity of a low-paid job that she can’t afford to leave. The poems follow her tumultuous relationship with her father, a retired mill worker, her love for her educated uncle dying of cancer, and her escape from this soiled life through her ritual of doing laundry.

90 pages | 6 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

INHALE • Bias • Step by Step with the Laundress • Cigarettes and Coffee • The Laundress Catches Her Breath • Coal Fire Smoke • Colors in White • Hole • HOLD FOR TEN SECONDS • One Thousand One • One Thousand Two • One Thousand Three • One Thousand Four • O

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